New Atlas 20th Anniversary

New Atlas celebrates 20 years

New Atlas celebrates 20 years
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New Atlas began as gizmo, an A6 magazine and companion website published from 2002-2004
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New Atlas began as gizmo, an A6 magazine and companion website published from 2002-2004
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This month marks 20 years since New Atlas began.

In March 2002 we published our first print edition – a pocket-sized magazine called “gizmo,” which was accompanied by a website featuring longer versions of the articles and additional images. We had a hunch that this internet thing might take off, and soon the print magazine was shelved in favor of going 100% online as Gizmag.com.

The rise of internet publishing also broke down borders. Our first issue was put together in a small back office in Melbourne, Australia, but our readers came from all over the world and pretty soon, so did our contributors.

Twenty years is a long time in any field, but when you’re covering the exponential advance of science and new technology, it’s several lifetimes. In 2002 there was no Facebook, no iPhone, no Tesla, and no CRISPR-Cas9. Flipping through the pages of our early magazines hammers home just how far things have come. Apple’s iPod impressed us with its easy-to-use circular button, Sony’s formidable (and it was) F707 digital camera boasted massive 2MB images, only eight of which could be stored on the memory stick the camera shipped with, and PDAs were a thing.

New Atlas began as gizmo, an A6 magazine and companion website published from 2002-2004
New Atlas began as gizmo, an A6 magazine and companion website published from 2002-2004

There’s also reminders of how far things haven’t come, or more accurately, how difficult it can be to predict the trajectory of technology once it’s out in the wild, even just a few years on. Futuristic fashion glasses promised to augment our reality with high-res video input, the Segway promised to redefine urban transport, and the internet fridge was set to take over our kitchens.

We’ve changed over the years, too, shifting our focus as waves of new technology break into the mainstream and fresh ideas bubble to the surface. By 2016 we found ourselves covering a much broader range of topics and we changed our name to New Atlas to reflect that.

But celebrating innovation has always been the core of what we do.

Over the journey we’ve learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and received a lot of help from a whole lot of people. We’ve been privileged to witness this transformational period in human history, and we’ve been privileged to have readers who share our passions and keep us on our toes.

I’d like to give a huge thanks to all those who’ve contributed to New Atlas throughout the past two decades. Our founding team is still here, we're still independently owned, and many of our dedicated writers, editors and programmers have been with us for a sizable chunk of our 20-year history. That in itself is an achievement we are proud of.

And on behalf of everyone at New Atlas, I’d like to thank all of our readers, commenters, subscribers and followers. We truly appreciate your support.

We're looking forward to continuing the journey – things aren’t about to slow down in this space, that’s for sure.

In the meantime, to celebrate our 20th birthday we’ve been digging into our archives to bring you some of our favorite moments.

And finally, if our work here is valuable to you, the best way to support us is by subscribing to ad-free New Atlas Plus. It only costs $19 a year, and your contribution would make our day!

Noel McKeegan
Editor-in-Chief

18 comments
18 comments
PhilippeHolthuizen
Whoa, congratulations team! I'm not sure how long you've been my favorite daily provider of cool stuff, but it must be close to 20 years. I love how you haven't changed much, just gotten better. Thank you for all the hard work!
David F
Happy Birthday! Long may you continue to be one of the highlights of the Internet.
RobC
Congratulations team! I look forward to reading New Atlas every day. The articles are interesting and I love the hi res photos with almost every article,. They are an antidote to the drudgery and depression of everyday news. Well worth the subscription fee. Keep up the great work!
David V
I've been reading you since the Gizmag days. Took a while to get used to the New Atlas name when it changed though. I eagerly read the daily email as soon as it arrives.
I've discovered and learnt so many things with you, it's been a great ride. Keep on going ! I even bought a Viks bicycle from Estonia after discovering it on the newsletter and just falling in love with the frame design.
Rusty Harris
Happy birthday. New Atlas is one of my DAILY website clicks because it is just THAT good!
KennethGreenblatt
New Atlas rocks, the best science news sight out there in my opinion. I have been a reader since before you changed the name, congratulations on the fine work you do.
Bigal
Hi, Congratulations. Why no subscription in New Zealand? Been waiting for years.
Dave Weinstein
Congratulations! It's been a long ride!
Stuart Blacket
Truly amazing longevity guys. Heartfelt congratulations for untiring work that I’ve absorbed, shared widely, made purchases, and made contacts with since the gizmag days. The subs are a bargain for the value created. Keep up the great work
Indiver716
You all rock! Thanks for the generally exceptional content. Here's to 20 more in whatever form that may occur. 3-D interactive media? NG smell-o-rama? Direct wet-wired brain feed? Massive shared consciousness social media 5.0? Bring it on; I'll be here
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